These Honey Ginger Pork Tacos are made in the slow cooker and topped with a simple pineapple salsa. An easy and delicious meal for your next taco night!
Oh how I adore these pork tacos! They're not your typical tacos though -- they're honey ginger pork tacos, which give them an Asian flare. Serve 'em simple or top them with this tasty pineapple salsa.
- A slow cooker meal, meaning it's very hands-off
- Seasoned with soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger
- Topped with a simple and delicious pineapple salsa, making these tacos slightly reminiscent of al pastor tacos
Pork: Preferably pork shoulder or butt; you want to use a fattier cut of pork because it becomes tender the longer cooks, making it ideal to use in slow cooker recipes. I used boneless, but bone-in will work too.
Soy sauce: Can substitute tamari or coconut aminos if you prefer. However, coconut aminos is sweeter than soy sauce, so if you use that, you'll want to reduce the amount of honey you use.
Honey: A must! I don't recommend using maple syrup or agave -- honey is the way to go!
Garlic: Fresh garlic, not garlic powder.
Ginger: Same as above -- fresh ginger, not ground ginger.
Step 1: Make the sauce. First, whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger together in a small bowl.
Step 2: Add the ingredients to your slow cooker. Next, spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray, then place the pork inside. Pour the sauce mixture over top.
Step 3: Slow cook, then shred. Cook the pork on LOW for 6 hours. Then, use two forks to shred the pork (it should shred very easily) and cook it for 30 more minutes.
Step 4: Assemble the tacos. The final step is to make the pineapple salsa, which should take less than 10 minutes. Then, add the cooked pork to your taco shell and top it with the salsa.
Tips and tricks
- I used boneless pork, so just know that if you use bone-in, you may need to cook it for longer.
- To make these gluten free: use tamari instead of soy sauce, and use gluten free tortillas. To make them paleo-friendly, follow the above steps, but also use arrowroot instead of cornstarch.
- If you love these tacos, you must try my slow cooker pulled pork, which also uses pork shoulder/butt and is incredibly tender.
Can I cook the pork on HIGH instead of LOW?
While many slow cooker recipes give you the option to cook on low or high, I highly recommend cooking the pork on LOW. Pork shoulder/butt becomes more tender and flavorful the longer it cooks, so allowing it to cook for 6-8 hours is ideal.
How should leftovers be stored?
Store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or place them in a freezer-safe bag and store them in the freezer for 3 months.
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Honey Ginger Pork Tacos
- 2 lb. pork shoulder/butt boneless
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 4 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 10 taco shells
for the pineapple salsa:
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray, then place the pork in your slow cooker.
- Next, make the sauce: whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch together, then pour the sauce overtop of the pork.
- Slow cook the pork on LOW for 6 hours. Then, use two forks to shred the pork (it should shred very easily!), then cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- At this point, you should make the pineapple salsa.
- Last, heat the tortillas, then top each one with a large spoonful of the pork, then top it with the salsa. Enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in May 2016. It was updated with new text and photos in July 2021.